Enjoy a wonderful contrast of experiences as we explore Saffron Walden, learn wartime secrets and ingenuity at IWM Duxford and Bletchley Park, visit Knebworth House, and enjoy lunch at Audley End House.
Day 1 After your taxi pick up, we travel by coach to St Albans where we have a break for lunch and sightseeing. We continue to our hotel in Letchworth, arriving with time to relax before dinner.
Day 2 This morning we visit the beautiful town of Saffron Walden with free time to visit the shops, museums and cafés. At lunchtime we transfer to Audley End House, a fine Jacobean mansion with stunning views across the unspoilt Essex countryside. We have an included one-plate hot lunch and time to explore the house.
Day 3 A free morning at your hotel or join your driver on an excursion to Bedford. In the afternoon we visit Knebworth House, home to the Lytton family since 1490. The house is a wonderful sight with Victorian Gothic turrets, gargoyles and gryphons, and has been visited by many illustrious guests such as Dickens and Winston Churchill.
Day 4 We visit the superb Imperial War Museum at Duxford. Formerly an RAF base, Duxford is today Europe’s foremost aviation museum. See the spectacular collection of British and American planes, as well as a huge collection of tanks, vehicles, naval exhibits and artefacts.
Day 5 We depart after breakfast and make our way to Bletchley Park, once Britain’s best kept secret. It is now a heritage site where we can explore some of the iconic codebreaking huts, see the Enigma Machines and a wartime mini-cinema, all housed in the ornate Victorian mansion which was Intelligence HQ during the war. Early afternoon we travel homewards, joining our taxis early evening.
Dating back to 1625 this former old English manor house retains many Jacobean features including a Minstrels Gallery, Jacobean fireplace and mellow oak panelling, and stands in eight acres of grounds in Hertfordshire. All guests have free use of the leisure facilities at the adjacent health club, which has a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer, ironing facilities, safe and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift to some rooms.